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John Woodbury

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John Woodbury
Born about in Burlescombe, Devon, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Burlescombe,Devon,Englandmap
Husband of — married in West Coker, Somersetshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in West Coker, Somerset, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Salem, Massachusetts (Essex)map
Died after in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Conflicted Birth 1579 Burlescombe, Devon, England[1]
One merged profile had birth 1583 in South Pertherton, Somerset, England

Conflicted birth: John Woodbury was born in Somerset, England around 1579.[citation needed]

He died between Dec 3 1641 (he attended a meeting) and Feb 8 1642/3 (will proved at court)[2]

Conflicted Marriage: Husband: John Woodbury; Wife: Agnes Napper; Marriage: Date: 19 MAR 1627; Place: Salem, Massachusetts (Essex)[3] There is no information to suggest that John married in 1627 at Salem.

John Woodbury Married Agnes ______.[4] Son Sgt. Peter Woodbury, bap. Sept. 7, 1640; d. July 5, 1704.[5]

John married Annis Napper in 1628, while he was back in England.[citation needed] She joined him in Massachusetts. They had the following children: John (1629), Hannah (1636), Abigail (1637), and Peter (1640).[citation needed]

Conflicted Immigration: 1622/3, SDATE 1 JUL 1623, Place: Cape Ann, New England[citation needed]

Conflicted immigration 1626, SDATE 1 JUL 1626, Place: Salem, New England [citation needed]

Along with Richard Norman (above),[citation needed] John became involved with the Dorchester Co. He sailed on the ship Zouch Phenix,[citation needed] which is said to have arrived in Salem in the Spring of 162[citation needed] John's son Humphrey made the following deposition in 1680:[citation needed]

I understood that my...father came to new England by order of a company caled Dorchester company…& that my father and the company with him brought cattle & other things to Cape Ann for plantation work & there built an house & kept theire cattell & sett up fishing & afterwards some of them removed to a neck of land since called Salem: After about 3 yeares absence my said father returned to England & made us acquainted with what settlement they had made in new England & that he was sent back by some that Intended to setle a plantation about 3 leagues west of Cape Ann. to further this designe after about half a years stay in England, my father returned to new England & brought me with him: wee arrived at the place now caled Salem in or about the month of June 1628 [in the ship Abigail]…when wee settled the Indians never then molested us in our improvemts or sitting downe either on Salem or Beverly side of the ferry, but shewed themselves very glad of our company & came & planted by us & oftentimes came to us for shelter saying they were afraid of their enemy Indians up in the country: & wee did shelter them when they fled to us. & wee had theire free leave to build & plant where wee have taken up lands.

A tradition handed down says that when Gov. Endicott arrived in Massachusetts, the ship caught on a sand bar near the shore. John and another man, who must have gone out to the ship, carried Endicott to the shore on their shoulders to spare him the embarassment of arriving in the colony in a bedraggled state.[citation needed]

John held several town offices including selectman and representative to the General Court. He is listed among the first members of the church built in 1636.[citation needed]

Occupation: In Salem he filled the offices of constable, lot layer, surveryor, town treasurer, selectman, juryman

John and Agnes, the emigrants who came from Somersetshire, Eng. and landed at Gloucester, Mass. in 1624; settled at Salem 1628. William brother of John, came over with Endicott in 1628, and settled at Salem; married Elizabeth Patch, of Petherton, Eng. Both brothers had quite a no. of children. Some of both families were born and baptised in England; it is thought all the Woodburys in this country sprang from these brothers. In 1630 both families moved to Beverly. Wm. settled on the seashore at what is now called Woodbury Point, built a garrison house which stood until 50 years ago. John Conant surveyed 1,000 acres at the head of Bass river. The General Court gave him a grant of 200 acres from this tract on which he settled. In the history of Beverly it is stated that John was a member of the General Court in 1635, and again in 1638. It is stated that he died in 1641. His age is not given, but probably about 85 years. He was called "Father Woodbury," a title it is thought might have been given him as one on whom many leaned for counsel and advice. He was regarded as standing next to Conant in intelligence and usefulness to the colony. His descendants are numerous, and many still live around the spot that witnessed his trials. [6]


  1. Source: #S3385 TMPLT FIELD
  2. Salem Town Records and Essex Quarterly Court Records Vol 1
  3. Source: #S3385
  4. Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27.
  5. Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27.
  6. Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy, Press of W.B. Conkey Co., Chicago, ILL. , 1898, by Frederick Clifton Pierce. Attached..
See also
  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols. (1995), 3:2054-2057 for John Woodbury article; digital images, (accessed 2012).
  • William and John Woodbury entry, Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John 1630 25 [New Ancestral Discoveries]:78-79; digital images, FamilySearch Photoduplication Service (accessed 2014). Reports John Woodbury came first on the "Zouch Phonix." Refers to article at 18:157-159 for ancestral research. Some comments and details from research of Robin Bush.
  • Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates ancestral lines : a memorial volume containing the American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes, 2 vols. (1931-1943), 2:823-826 for John^1 Woodbury; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2014). [This work is also available via Heritage Quest.]
  • Source: S3385 Ancestral File (R) Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)
  • Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27, Institute of American Genealogy., 1931
  • 'Combined pieces from Google search and Snippet views, photos attached. My typing and editing, please double check items in question. Entered by Michael Lechner, March 14, 2012.[7] Missing piece. :page 121, June 23, 1639; tailor; assessor or tax collector, 1657; will made Nov. 1673; inventory amounted to L230; m. Mary -----; m. 2d. Elizabeth (d. Nov. 10, 1675), poss, dau. of Joseph Herrick; issue (all b. Salem); 1-John (bap. Jan. 20, 1638/39-d. 1645/46); 2-Mary (bap. Sept. 19, 1640-d. Aug. 1659); m. 1658, Mighill Cressey, of Salem; 3-Abigail (B. Feb. 12, 1642/43-d. 1666). m. Sept. 1665, Sgt. Peter Woodbury (bap. Sept. 7, 1640-d. July 5, 1704), son of John and Agnes Woodbury, who came from[8] ...
  • Attached Documents.
  • Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27, Institute of American Genealogy., 1931.[1]
  • Lechner Family History, compiled by Michael Lechner, with my father Ted Harrold Lechner.


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On August 11, 2014 at 21:55GMT Anne B wrote:

This profile really does need some help. Guess I missed going back to finish it.

I like the idea of a free space profile, to document the good stuff, and also the bad stuff, especially if you can then refute the bad stuff with good sources.

If you need help or want to bounce ideas around, I am willing.

On August 11, 2014 at 21:33GMT GeneJ X wrote:

Many conflicting reports about this immigrant, several of which have been commingled into this WikiTree profile.

(1) Unless someone objects, I plan to set up a free space profile to document some of the authored works concerning John, especially those where the authors documented their references.

(2) The purported daughter Susan was almost certainly not born a Woodbury. See Leslie Mahler, “The English Origin of the Hunter and Hollingsworth Families of Salem, Massachusetts,” _The American Genealogist_ 78 (2003):241-244; digital images, _AmericanAncestors.org_ (accessed 2013).

Our of space.

(Separately, am creating a profile about his daughter Abigail (m. John Hill). She seems not entered yet to WikiTree. I may not connect her until we try to sort of the other conflicting reports.)

On July 5, 2014 at 13:35GMT Anne B wrote:

Woodbury-495 and Woodbury-148 appear to represent the same person because: Birth dates are both about dates, both places will need to be mentioned in bio. Neither place is proven. John is the father of Humphrey as indicated in both profiles., and both profiles share a wife of the same name. These are the same person.

On September 20, 2013 at 20:42GMT Joshua Allen wrote:

Found some good info about the Woodburys at this site:

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